A US Destroyer part of the all powerful seventh fleet collided with an oil
tanker east of Singapore when the US vessel was entering the Singapore port
during the early hours of August 19.
Search and rescue operations are under way for 10 US sailors missing after
the collision which damaged the port side of the vessel (the left side).
This is the second incident of collision involving an American war ship in
the last two months.
Guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant
vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and near the Straits of Malacca in the early
hours, the US Navy said a statement.
"Initial reports indicate John S McCain sustained damage to her port
side after the collision," it said. There are currently 10 sailors missing
and five injured... Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with
The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The
incident will be investigated." The navy added that the ship was sailing
under its own power and heading to Singapore port, on a routine visit.
The rescue operation involves tug boats, a helicopter and a police coast
guard vessel. US aircrafts have also been pressed into service to undertake
surveillance of the sea and locate the survivors if any.
The collision was reported at 5:24 am (2124 GMT Sunday) while the ship was
heading for a routine port visit in Singapore.
The ship involved in the accident is a Liberian-flagged tanker used for
transporting oil and chemicals and weighing over 30,000 tonnes.
This is the second incident of ship collision involving a United States
naval ship. Seven sailors died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with
a Philippine-flagged cargo ship in a busy channel in the gateway to container
port in the Japanese capital Tokyo two months ago.
USS John S McCain is part of the US Seventh Fleet, and its home base is
Yokosuka, in Japan.